Wildlife articles by Calvin Jones

Wildlife and nature articles by Calvin Jones, founder and managing editor of Ireland's Wildlife.

About Calvin Jones

Calvin Jones is a freelance writer, author, birder and lifelong wildlife enthusiast. He is founder and managing editor of IrelandsWildlife.com. He is also the tour leader and wildlife guide on our West Cork based Discover Wildlife tours.
Calvin is also co-author of bestselling digital marketing titles and offers digital business consulting services and training through Digital Marketing Success

Vanguard VEO2 265CB travel tripod

Pros: incredibly lightweight tripod and versatile ball-head suitable for both spotting scope and photography. Excellent height for a travel tripod. Cons: a little light for to hold a full-size spotting scope steady in all but the calmest conditions (ideal for a small 50mm travel scope or even a 65mm standard scope though). Price: RRP GB£249.99 (c. […]

Panasonic Lumix GH5 & Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm

Pros: Professional build quality and comprehensive feature set, incredibly compact and light for an 800mm 35mm equivalent focal length setup, fast accurate autofocus, superb image stabilisation in the body and the lens made hand-holding at long focal lengths possible. Did I mention it was compact and light. Cons: Autofocus sometimes struggled to isolate small subjects […]

Seeing is Believing: WIN a pair of Vanguard Endeavor EDII 10×42 binoculars

Ireland’s Wildlife has teamed up with Vanguard to bring you a fantastic photo competition with a superb prize. We’re thrilled to introduce our “Seeing is believing…” wildlife photography competition. We are looking for your best photographs that capture nature’s wild side! The prize is an amazing pair of Vanguard Endeavor ED II 10×42 binoculars, worth €400. Email […]

Panasonic announces Lumix G9: the “Ultimate Outdoor and Wildlife Camera”

Panasonic, a leader in the compact system / mirrorless DSLR camera space, has announced a new flagship model to its Lumix range of micro-four-thirds format digital camera bodies. The Panasonic Lumix G9 supercedes the Lumix GH5 (which we recently tested for Ireland’s Wildlife — full review coming soon) at the top of the Lumix system […]

Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Review

Pros: The big one is reach — at 600mm on my Nikon DX format body it gives a staggering 900mm 35mm equivalent. Excellent image quality throughout the zoom range. Autofocus is quick and responsive, with minimal “hunting” and once locked on stays locked on (as long as you can keep the subject in the frame… sometimes […]

ZEISS Victory SF 10×42 Binocular Review

Calvin Jones puts Zeiss’s flagship Victory SF binocular through its paces and sees how this “Alpha” optic measures up to life in the field in West Cork.

Book Review: Whittled Away — Ireland’s vanishing nature

While in many ways it’s fair to say we have more today than we’ve ever had, if you’re more than about thirty years old a short walk in the Irish countryside will quickly reveal that we also have much less. It’s an irrefutable fact that there’s simply less wildlife around today than there was just a […]

Gear Review: Vanguard Endeavor Bags

Pros: Designed with the birder / nature enthusiast in mind. Neutral olive colours and robust, non-rustle fabrics, thoughtful design. Insulated food pocket inspired. With three sizes in the range there’s a bag for every occasion Cons: Hard to find anything specific to fault here… a couple of spurious features I’d question the usefulness of, but none […]

Arctic interloper stuns Irish wildlife enthusiasts

The discovery of a bearded seal in the small West Cork town of Timoleague late last week left Irish wildlife enthusiasts stunned, and led to widespread speculation about what it was doing so far south of its Arctic range. If you watch wildlife regularly you learn to expect the unexpected, and yet nature retains an […]

How to see more wildlife

There’s something a little bit special about a wildlife encounter. It taps into a childlike sense of wonder that all too often remains hidden beneath our sensible adult facade. For a brief moment we’re transported to a simpler, more natural world, and reminded of how we fit into it. It’s a thrilling experience, and a […]

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